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970 now tested as part of the investigation into the infected Bangkok DJ

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3 of the bars where the 37 year old DJ, Thailand’s first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in 101 days, are said not to have observed basic preventions required in a workplace – temperature screening, wearing a face mask and social distancing. It’s also been revealed that the bars offered a “glass sharing” special menu as part of their promotions.

The man had been working as a DJ at 2 pubs called ‘Sam Wan Song Khuen’. 1 was in Bangkok city and the other in Nonthaburi, just over the Chon Phraya River. He also visited a venue in Khao San Road on August 18. The 2 Sam Wan Song Khuen bars were closed down on Thursday until today whilst they received a ‘deep clean’.

The number of people now being tried by health investigators has increased to 970, with 119 of them classified as being at “high risk”. 516 people have already been tested and 513 of those “cleared” of the virus – they tested negative with their first test. The results of the remaining 3 should be available today.

The Criminal Court where the DJ was sentenced, has the highest number of contacts, a total of 492. 14 of those are listed as being at “high-risk” as well. The man was sent to quarantine in a corrections department facility in Chatuchak on August 26 after being sentenced over a drugs offences.

The BMA sent officials to the Ban Suan Thon condo in Bang Mod where the man lived with 5 others, including his wife and mother, to disinfect the premises and provide Covid-19 testing for the condo’s residents. The man’s identity has not been officially revealed at this stage.

Today Thailand today recorded 1 new Covid-19 case, another returnee that tested positive whilst in state quarantine.

He was a 27 year old who arrived in Thailand from India on September 1, on the same flight as another passenger who was earlier found to be infected with the virus. He took the first test on Saturday, which showed a positive result. The man has been asymptomatic.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Glenn

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    soooo, close to 1000 people tested in a panic and nobody is sick.

    There is a huge void in this reporting. Are tested positive people outwardly showing symptoms or completely asymptomatic? What does ‘high risk’ mean?
    If people are tested positive but asymptomatic, maybe they are not really sick and the tests should be called into question (as they are in other countries). Maybe they have CV germs in their body but they have a healthy immune system and so don’t show symptoms – which begs the question “are they really sick?”

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    The Thai medics do not care if they test positive or not.
    They are only interested in being paid for testing.
    Why stop at at 970?
    Surely these scammers can justify another 500 to test.
    If they try hard!
    And if they find someone effected, great for their pals. They can charge B500 a day – B4000 a day if they are felangs.

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    Edy F.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Asymptomatic means not sick and not contagious !
    We are billions in the world to be asymptomatic !

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    Ray W.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Who cares! Its dumb garbage like this that is causing the disinformation and fear preventing the boarders from opening, keeping the economy suppressed, and creating all the angst, depression, and crime. The whole point of the initial lock down was to prevent an out break from over taxing the medical capacity. Now the whole world is prepared, deaths are down, the models where completely off, but we are still under this insane lockdown. The rest of the world is moving on without us. Open the boarders, manage the risk, stop killing our future. OPEN THE BOARDERS!

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    Lek

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 3:10 am

    yes, just government trying to scare thai people from night clubs, ahaha they will wake soon and see pandemic is fake

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    paul

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Given that some tests are false negative and some false positive. Why is Thailand not lengthening the quaranteen time?
    We are awaiting teachers to return, if they leave quaranteen and then prove to be positive. OH DEAR.
    L O C K D O W N

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    factsnotfiction

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    And here are the FACTS!

    People who hardly effected by Covid-19, 80% of those have already an existing T-Cell immunity. So what’s the big deal. There isn’t any!

    The survival change regarding Covid-19 is 997/1000 which is 0,003% of being fatal. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any.

    The average age of COVID deaths is above the normal average life expectancy! So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    99% of the deceased have to do with 2 to 3 OTHER FACTORS, which we call ‘underlying suffering’ / comorbidities. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    This wave of corona-flu did not cause significant excess mortality in countries in relation to the normal seasonal flu. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    This corona wave kills fewer children worldwide than lightning strikes do annually. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    Beyond almost all the news, the FINDING THAT COVID shows itself in 60 +% of cases, and there are hardly any symptoms to be traced. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any.

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    Jason

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that this case of the DJ with Coronavirus, has very quickly slipped away from the headlines. The first case of community transmission in 100 days. How did he get it? Coronavirus needs to be caught from someone else who has it. It doesn’t just parachute into the community from nowhere! I can only hope that media keep this case in the headlines. If it is buried, it will re-emerge as a cluster that will soon come to a point where it can no longer be hidden.

    I am an Australian. Our southern state of Victoria, thought they had the virus under control and it only took one case for the current situation (where that state has over 2900 cases) to happen. I say this, not to panic people. In fact, panic is almost the worst response. The worst response is to try and cover up or diminish the importance of the discovery of a case.

    The best response is to calmly contact trace those who came into contact with the known case and to vigorously try to find the source of the case itself (without any fear of some kind of retribution). The DJ has been in contact with someone who had the virus. All this investigation is done, not to blame but to uncover the real enemy here….the virus.

    I hope that this will be the only case of community transmission, for Thailand’s sake. Having handled the first wave, it is noteworthy to remember that the methods used to combat the first wave,won’t necessarily work in a second wave situation. Please take the experience we are having here as an advanced warning of what covering up or dismissing an outbreak (even a single case), can do.

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Covid UPDATE: Wednesday’s new infections rise to 1,335 people, 36 people in “serious condition”

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Thailand’s CCSA has announced 1,335 new infections today, after a slight dip in the 10 day surge yesterday. 1,326 of those new infections are local, not imported, and mostly from Bangkok. Today’s tally takes the national total to 35,910 since January 2020 when the first case outside China was detected in Thailand on January 13.

The new infections have mostly emerged in Bangkok with 351 cases. Surrounding provinces report an additional 115 infections today. In other provinces, 877 people.

It’s also been reported today that 36 people are currently in a serious condition and 9 people are on ventilators. Here’s the number of cases reported each day since the start of April…

April 1 – 26 infections

April 2 – 58 infections

April 3 – 84 infections

April 4 – 96 infections

April 5 – 194 infections

April 6 – 250 infections

April 7 – 334 infections

April 8 – 405 infections

April 9 – 559 infections

April 10 – 789 infections

April 11 – 967 infections

April 12 – 985 infections

April 13 – 965 infections

April 14 – 1,335 infections

Meanwhile, Prachuap Khiri Khan officials have ordered the closure of “high risk venues” such as pubs, bars, water parks, children’s playgrounds, gyms, cinemas, game shops. The Governor says restaurants can open “but no alcohol can be served”. This includes the seaside town of Hua Hin.

In Krabi there is now a total of 11 infections, 6 new ones yesterday.

In Chon Buri, which includes Pattaya, there were 99 new confirmed infections of Covid today … a similar number to the past few days.

Total number of infections being treated in provinces…

• Bangkok: 1,689
• Chiang Mai: 880
• Chonburi: 594
• Samut Prakan: 416
• Narathiwat: 304
• Prachuap Khiri Khan: 265
• Samut Sakhon: 166
• Pathum Thani: 124
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Bangkok police tracking down owners of Thong Lor clubs where virus resurfaced

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Police in Bangkok are on the hunt for the owners of 2 nightclubs considered ground zero for a third wave of Covid-19 currently spreading around the country. The Krystal Club and Emerald Thonglor 13, in the capital’s fashionable Thonglor district, are currently closed, with the managers of both sentenced to 2 months’ imprisonment. However, officials are now attempting to track down the real owners of both establishments.

Nation Thailand reports that the authorities are examining ownership and shareholding documentation related to the 2 venues, after police chief Piya Tawichai confirmed a cluster of Covid-19 infections is believed to have spread from the clubs. The managers of both venues have been charged with violating the emergency decree and disease prevention regulations, with the Bangkok Municipal Court sentencing them to 2 months’ imprisonment on April 9.

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Sophon says authorities are also examining the operating licences of both clubs, which have been closed for 30 days, while officials determine if they should be shut down for a period of 5 years.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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UPDATE: The field hospital in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district, west of the Chao Phraya river, had its first 10 Covid patients today. The director of the medical services office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says that the 10 patients into the makeshift hospital, located at the Chalerm Phra Kiat Stadium, will enable assessment of the performance by the medical team, before more patients arrive – Thai PBS World

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